NBC Universal has announced today that they will be launching “Seeso,” a comedy-focused streaming platform launching in January 2016.
According to a release today, NBC Universal’s streaming service will be offering both original content and on-demand video, ad-free, for $3.99 a month.
The bait on the line here is the shows NBC has snagged for the service. Monty Python’s Flying Circus, along with all Monty Python films, specials and documentaries, as well as Kids in the Hall, will be airing in HD for the first time on Seeso. Other NBC content, such as Jimmy Fallon’s and Seth Myer’s late night programs and Saturday Night Live, will also be available for Seeso subscribers.
For original content, Dan Harmon’s new HarmonQuest show will be available, as well as The UCB Show, featuring members of the Upright Citizens Brigade including Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser.
Entire seasons of Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, the US and UK versions of The Office, The IT Crowd and many other NBC properties will be available on-demand as well.
It’s a bold move nowadays to move into the streaming landscape against giants like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, but given the properties NBC already has and the lower price point they’re aiming for, this could easily be a companion service rather than replacement. It’s an interesting strategy, but one that will be fun to see play out.
Plus, what’s not to love about having all of Monty Python in HD to binge?